An online disagreement with a white man sent two intersectional feminists to the hospital Monday night. The women, who were using the internet without supervision, are expected to make a slow but complete recovery in the coming months.
Caitlyn Reese and Marie Roberts are reportedly in guarded condition after a Reddit comment left them fighting for their lives. The women will be released from the hospital later today, a hospital spokesman confirmed. “The number of self-identified feminists that we have treated for internet trauma has increased significantly,” said Dr. Mark White. “Unattended women are eight times more likely to be victimized online. The attacks can range from simple slut shaming all the way up to cyber rape.”
The fight against offensive language, dubbed “hate speech” by campus progressives, has become a fierce topic of debate across the nation. Feminists insist that the internet is a dangerous cesspool of racism and misogyny that threatens the wellbeing of all women with access to a computer. Some believe that measures should be taken to protect the safety of women by enforcing restrictions on offensive content.
“Stereotypes about feminists, like the belief that we’re all lesbians who dye our hair bright colors, run rampant on the internet and need to be stopped,” said feminist blogger and vegan Laverne Richards. “As a lesbian woman, I feel it is my duty to protect other women from the dangers of these baseless attacks.”
According to an article on Everyday Feminism, “cybersexism” is a rampant form of internet abuse that has been silencing women since the days of Microsoft DOS. Feminists believe that the internet, much like society, is replete with white men with a penchant for maintaining the status quo of social oppression.
“No one wants to start a conversation about in-person misogyny and receive an inbox full of unwanted sexual attention and rape threats. No one wants to vent about the racist nonsense they experienced at work on Twitter only to be met with @ replies intended to mock and silence them.” 3 Reasons Why Internet Harassment is Not ‘Freedom of Speech’
Critics have countered that policing language on the internet is another form of censorship that stifles, rather than encourages, freedom of expression. Others have argued that the goal of protecting women from the internet is based on the false notion that women are implicit victims who need to be shielded from uncomfortable content.
Dr. Sylvia Brown, a Gender Studies professor, believes the criticism of content bans is another form of hate speech. “We need to do everything we can to stop women from feeling offended online,” said Brown. “As long as those measures don’t require women to do anything.”